Here as a volunteer blogger for the SEPA chapter, I’m getting a chance to learn some of the things that the Red Cross does that don’t make it onto your local news but does make an impact on people’s lives.
Whether it’s mental health volunteers helping out in Colorado or the SEPA Communications team being the first on the scene to help survivors access the help they need following a fire in Philadelphia, I’m also learning that the hundreds of Red Cross chapters nationwide and their volunteers adhere to one vision and one mission.
The mission is to “prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.”
The vision is to turn compassion into action so that:
.all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope;
..our communities are ready and prepared for disasters;
…everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products;
….all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and
…..in an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.
Both are daunting tasks and responsibilities.
Yet both were demonstrated during the number of tragedies this past summer. Tragedies that ranged from but not limited to house fires, water main breaks, and some natural disasters on the local level as well as wildfires and mass causality crises on the national level.
Through them all, the American Red Cross was there to help and through their actions I begin to realize how volunteers live the American Red Cross mission and vision everyday.
- Jabril Redmond, volunteer guest blogger